Appeals court candidate challenges loss

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Ceola James is contesting her loss in the Nov. 8 election. James says her opponent violated state laws that require nonpartisan judicial races.

James filed a lawsuit Monday against Latrice Westbrooks, who won the election and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, who campaigned for Westbrooks.

The lawsuit says Westbrooks and Thompson “willfully and intentionally” aligned themselves politically by appearing together at events and by distributing a sample ballot recommending that people support Thompson in the U.S. House race and Westbrooks in the judicial race.